High-SchoolFootball: Shane Morris

Auburn (Ala.) linebacker Reuben Foster, the nation’s No. 2 recruit in the ESPN 150, highlights the latest top players selected to play in Champion Gridiron Kings, an elite 7-on-7 football event that will field 64 of the nation’s top skill position players — quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties.

Now in its fourth year, Gridiron Kings will take place from July 27-29 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the ESPNHS Games presented by GNC.

Foster, an Alabama commit, will be joined by the likes of Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.) corner Eli Woodard, an Ohio State commit and the No. 11 recruit in the ESPN 150, and Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, Pa.) tight end Adam Breneman, who’s the nation’s No. 42 recruit and a Penn State commit.

De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) quarterback and Michigan commit Shane Morris was one of the first players chosen last month.

Click here to see the 38 Gridiron Kings selections.

First Gridiron Kings players chosen

May, 2, 2012
Shane MorrisMiller Safrit/ESPN.comDe La Salle (Warren, Mich.) quarterback Shane Morris is set to take part in Champion Gridiron Kings for the second straight year.
The first round of players have been chosen for Champion Gridiron Kings, an elite 7-on-7 football event that will field 64 of the nation’s top skill position players. Now in its fourth year, Gridiron Kings will take place from July 28-29 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the ESPNHS Games presented by GNC.

Headlining the first group of this year’s invitees is the first two-time Gridiron Kings selection in quarterback Shane Morris of De La Salle Collegiate (Warren, Mich.). Last year, Morris led the Midwest to a runner-up finish after upsetting the Southeast in the semifinal round.

Morris, a Michigan commit, is rated the nation’s No. 4 pocket passer and No. 37 overall recruit in the ESPN 150.

So far, nine players have committed to participate in this summer’s event, including three ESPN 150 members who will man the defensive backfield for the West team — Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) teammates Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman and Marcos de Niza (Tempe, Ariz.) standout Priest Willis.

Hawkins has committed to USC, while Goodman and Willis are uncommitted.

Two other elite defensive backs who’ve committed to Gridiron Kings are Will Likely of Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) and Sojourn Shelton of Plantation (Fla.). They’ll team up on the Southeast team.

A trio of elite pass catchers will present a formidable challenge to the defensive backs. Texas commit Jake Oliver of Jesuit (Dallas) and Skyline (Dallas) standout Ra’Shaad Samples will line up for the Southwest, while Autauga Academy (Prattville, Ala.) tight end and Alabama commit O.J. Howard will lead the Southeast.

Players will participate on teams representing their home regions — the Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West.

The first two years saw the Southeast team dominate and capture a pair of titles before the Southwest squad — consisting mainly of players from Texas — beat the Midwest team last summer to break the Southeast’s stranglehold.

Elite 11 Watch: Star southpaw Shane Morris

January, 12, 2012

Throughout this offseason, we’ll spotlight Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week we profile De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) standout and Michigan commit Shane Morris.

Some of the nation’s most impressive quarterbacks were at the same Elite 11 regional camp last May at Ohio State. It was a list that included Chad Kelly, Gunner Kiel and Jameis Winston. But one of the most impressive recruits in the competition was an underclassman. Warren De La Salle signal-caller Shane Morris stood out thanks to a unique combination of arm strength and a quick, accurate delivery. Having completed his junior season, Morris is looking forward to his opportunity to return to the event and vie for a spot in the finals. The standout QB talked to us about last year’s event and his expectations for this year.

ESPNHS: What was your impression of the Elite 11 camp you attended last year?
Morris: It was an awesome event. Being at Ohio State and having some of the top quarterbacks from the Class of 2012, being around that competition, that was great. I loved that atmosphere and I had a great time just learning from other kids and coaches. We had outstanding coaches. The whole experience was great.

ESPNHS: What are some of the things you learned?
Morris: I was really taking in the stuff they were telling us about not forcing every throw. I don’t have to throw it that hard. If I take a little off and really focus on the accuracy, I have a strong enough arm to get it there with great velocity. So I’ve been concentrating on that in the offseason, and I used it quite a bit this season. I feel like it helped me a lot.

ESPNHS: How do you think your experience at the event will help you at this year’s event?
Morris: My QB coach had gone down to the event with me, and we both learned a lot of stuff from the warmups we were doing and the drills, how do do three-step and five-step drops correctly, and we went back and incorporated a lot of that stuff into our workouts. Hopefully I can take a lot of that knowledge this year and get myself into the Elite 11 final in California.

ESPNHS: What are some of the things you've been working on this offseason?
Morris: So far a lot of three-step and five-step drop work. I’m working on my stance, getting my hips turned around when I throw, stuff like that. I’m not leaving any little thing to chance. I’m even working on handing the ball off to the running back and taking the snap from under center. I’m not going to overlook any little thing. I’m never good enough in my opinion.

ESPNHS: It seems like that’s a pattern for you, that you’re never satisfied. Is that what motivates you?
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Steve Johnson/ESPNHSThe Michigan-bound Morris has a big arm and a big personality.
Morris: Oh definitely. Last year at Elite 11, they told me I did really well. I was second behind Gunner Kiel. But with them telling me that, I walked out of there and I knew I had made some bad throws and I could have thrown a better spiral. My dad was telling me I did great, but I know I could have been better.

ESPNHS: What were some of your thoughts as you watched Michigan in the Sugar Bowl?
Morris: It was an awesome game. The way they played, it just really shows what the seniors went though for the past few years and what they overcame this year. Those seniors had a lot of pride.

ESPNHS: Finally, what are some of the things you’re most looking forward to about your senior season?
Morris: Just being with my classmates, really. We went through a lot these past few years. And finally being able to play against kids my own age. I’ve always played against kids three or four years older than me. I think it’s going to be kind of fun. All of the seniors with me who have been playing together since we were freshmen on varsity, we’re finally going to play against kids who are 18 just like us. And our focus is going to be winning our school its first state championship. So that’ll be a lot of fun.

School: De La Salle (Warren, Mich.)
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 9-3 (Lost in Division I regional final)

2011 Stats
Completions-Attempts: 121-235 (.515)
Yards: 1,684
TD: 19
INT: 7
Rushing Yards: 150
Rushing TDs: 6

Get Familiar: Shane Morris

October, 31, 2011
Shane MorrisCourtesy of Miller SafritJunior QB Shane Morris of De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) is looking to make a long state playoff run.
The De La Salle (Warren, Mich.) football team clinched a Division 1 playoff spot last week, and nobody will be able to say the Pilots got there bereft of quality opponents. The team has played one of the most challenging schedules in the state, week after week going head to head against nationally and state-ranked squads.

But thanks to a stellar quarterback, the Pilots have managed to navigate the schedule and win more than its fair share of games. That quarterback is junior Shane Morris.

Morris played perhaps his best game of the season last week against Plymouth (Canton, Mich.), which was ranked No. 2 in the state in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. Morris led his Pilots to a big fourth quarter rally to hand Plymouth its first loss of the season. He threw for 364 yards and three scores in the game.

And in De La Salle’s opening-round playoff game against Roseville this past weekend, Morris completed 11-of-16 passes for 109 yards and two scores.

The stellar Class of 2013 signal-caller has been a bright spot all year long. He’s thrown for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns while tossing only five interceptions. And Morris says his team hasn’t been concerned at all about the tough slate of games week after week.

“We have one of the toughest schedules in Michigan,” he says. “But I think that’s good for us. The season’s going really well and I think we’ve gotten better each week.”

Morris has already made his college commitment, pledging to Michigan before his junior season had begun. So what’s the scoop on this tremendously talented junior and soon-to-be Wolverine? It’s time to Get Familiar with Shane Morris.

ESPNHS: Do you remember getting your first college offer?
Morris: Yeah, definitely. My first offer was from Cincinnati. They called my dad and told him they were going to offer me. It was a huge honor. I think I even cried. It was my dream coming true.

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